St Patrick’s Day - Emerald Isle Frozen Dessert

Table of Contents: DESSERTS, frozen

Sure and begorrah, this is a wonderful dessert!


A couple of Irish Blessings:

May you have food and raiment,

A soft pillow for your head,

May you be forty years in Heaven

Before the devil knows you’re dead!

May the good Lord take a liking to you – but not too soon!

1-cup plain flour

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup quick oats

½ cup butter or margarine, melted

1 cup pecans, finely chopped

½ gallon vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Green food color

Green sugar crystals for sprinkling (do not use all!)







Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, melted butter, and pecans; mix well.


Spray-oil a baking pan; then spread the mixture in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes of cooking time, remove pan from the oven and break-up the mixture into pieces of crumbled cookies; then return pan to the oven to cook another 5 minutes.  After the final 5 minutes of cooking, remove pan from the oven and allow the cookie crumbles to completely cool.


While the cookie crumbles are cooling, stir 2 drops of green food coloring into the softened ice cream.  Add I drop at a time until the desired color of green is achieved and all ice cream is colored.


Prepare a flat, 2-quart (square or rectangular) baking dish with spray-oil. Make layers:

1/2 of the broken cookie crumbles sprinkled evenly in the bottom of the dish;

The softened, green colored ice cream;

The Bailey’s Irish Crème evenly drizzled over the ice cream;

Finally, the remaining ½ of the cookie crumbles.


Freeze the dessert until very firm.  When the dessert is frozen, sprinkle the top with some of the green sugar crystals.  To serve, cut into squares.



According to the website,>, St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 5th century.  He was kidnapped at age 16, and taken as a slave to Ireland.  He eventually escaped slavery and went back to Britain only to later return to Ireland.  The people of Ireland credit St. Patrick with bringing Christianity to their country.  After his death, which is thought to have occurred on March 17, 461, his legend has continued to grow and to be celebrated both in Ireland, the United States, and many other countries.  One of his major contributions to Ireland is thought to have been the explanation of the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland.  He is supposed to have used a three-leafed “shamrock”, which is the leaf grown on native old white clover plants in Ireland to demonstrate the Holy Trinity of Christianity.

In Mobile, Alabama, there is a long-standing tradition of “The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick” parading and celebrating throughout the entire day.  The celebration begins with the Catholic Archbishop of the Diocese of Mobile saying Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  All of the members, their families, and many, many others attend this standing-room-only Mass that adds special pageantry for the occasion.  The members follow the Archbishop and various altar servers in a long procession from the back door of the Cathedral to the altar.  The all-male, all-age (infants to 100+ years old) members of “The Friendly Sons” are dressed in some type of green: some of the adult men are dressed in green corduroy leprechaun suits, most members are dressed in varying shades of green sport coats with green top- hats, children are dressed in custom-made Irish costumes, and some members, including our sons and grandsons, wear authentic Irish kilts, green sport jackets, sporrans, long socks with garters, and Celtic knives stuck in their socks.   It is all quite a very green sight to behold!

After Mass, “The Friendly Sons” parade the downtown streets of Mobile throwing all sorts of Irish souvenirs to the parade fans.   After the parade, most of the members go to Callahan’s Irish Social Club for lunch and beer.  Callahan’s has been voted as having the best hamburger in the state of Alabama, and they live up to their reputation by serving hundreds of them with all of the trimmings on St. Patrick’s Day plus, of course, lots and lots of corned beef and cabbage!  The side street next to the restaurant is closed off for a St. Patrick’s Day street party, which continues the entire day.   Occasionally, the Irish celebrants are invaded by a group of Pirates, dressed in costume.  Some of the Pirate “winches” have voluptuously interesting costumes, and most of the men are pretty menacing looking.  That usually makes for a lively, fun event!  The day ends with the traditional cocktail-dinner banquet, for members only, that is presided over by the Archbishop at the beautifully restored Battle House Hotel in Mobile.  What a fun way to enjoy being Irish, part Irish, or Irish for a day!

My thanks go to> for providing the information about St. Patrick.

A couple of Irish Toasts:

Here’s to Love,

The fire against which

There is no insurance!

I have known many,

Liked a few,

Loved but one-

Here’s to you!


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